Other Electromagnetic Pulse weapons (EMP) and special cruise missiles were also apparently used to knock out Iraq’s phone and electrical grids—with unknown electromagnetic effects on children and other members of the civilian population.
AS SAFE AS DEPLETED URANIUM
Practicing its own version of active denial, the Pentagon says it doesn’t want to hurt anybody. At least not with its microwave oven gun. The army has spent $4 million testing the device on male volunteers to ensure that their heat rays will not permanently harm big healthy males.
Infants, young children, elders, pregnant women and their fetuses will be tested for the first time in Iraq by being exposed to an invisible energy traveling almost instantaneously for more than a kilometer through concrete, glass and steel.
Experts warn that their still developing nervous and immune systems, and brain-wave activity make children especially vulnerable to deep microwave penetration into their thin skulls and soft brain tissue. Children’s brains are affected for long periods after very short-term exposure to much less powerful cell phones and cell phone towers.
“ Their brain wave patterns are abnormal and stay like that for a long period. This could affect their mood and ability to learn,” says British electromagnetics researcher Dr. Gerard Hyland. [“Dialing Our Cells” by William Thomas]
After acknowledging acute non-thermal dangers from their own electronics in the late 1950s, the US military effectively lobbied against stricter public health limits on electromagnetic exposure. [Scorched Earth by William Thomas]
Today, military officials who censor medically confirmed radiation casualties among families felled by depleted uranium fallout in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Puerto Rico and Iraq also insist that their “crowd-control” microwave weapons are completely “safe” because they do not actually burn skin. This is like saying that smoking is safe if you don’t singe your fingers.
“Perception of skin warming by microwave frequencies in up to 100 GHz is not a reliable mechanism of protection against potentially harmful exposure,” explains doctor John Mercola. Recent studies “are finding significant biological effects at lower and lower power densities.” These effects include short-term memory loss and decreased ability to learn—crucial capabilities for anyone attempting to survive in Iraq. [“Dialing Our Cells”}
Being continuously swept by concealed “poppers”, as well as routine radio and radio transmissions, can trigger a cascade of changes in human cells acutely sensitive to Earth’s subtle electromagnetic field. As researcher Robert Becker points out, even low power microwaves “can interfere with the cues that keep our biological cycle properly timed.”
Human eyes, ovaries and testes are particularly vulnerable to microwave radiation. But the Pentagon says no one will be blinded or sterilized by their Humvee-mounted microwave, unless the probing beam lingers.
Military researchers have published studies claiming that unborn babies can be cooked slightly by microwaves without suffering lasting harm. But despite assurances from experts who have dedicated their lives to hurting complete strangers, radiation emitted by military radars, communications and weapons systems are known to cause learning disabilities in fetuses, as well as damaging fetal immune systems.
Russian researchers call these adverse health effects, “microwave sickness.” As Becker relates in The Body Electric:
“ Its first signs are low blood pressure and slow pulse. The later and most common manifestations are chronic excitation of the sympathetic nervous system [stress syndrome] and high blood pressure. This phase also often includes headache, dizziness, eye pain, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, stomach pain, nervous tension, inability to concentrate, hair loss, plus an increased incidence of appendicitis, cataracts, reproductive problems, and cancer. The chronic symptoms are eventually succeeded by crisis of adrenal exhaustion and ischemic heart disease [the blockage of coronary arteries and heart attacks].”
Clinical studies show that the genetic effects of microwave poisoning—including weakened immunity and predisposition to cancer—are passed down through subsequent generations. Excessive exposure can also lead to depression and suicide, as seen among EMF-exposed GIs in Iraq. [Scorched Earth]
The negative health effects of microwave exposure are cumulative and irreversible. A former member of the World Health Organization’s review panel for Radio Frequency research, Professor Stephen Cleary of Virginia lost his funding after demonstrating an altered rate of DNA synthesis from a single exposure to microwave radiation. [Electronics Australia Nov/99]
Electromagnetic pollution has also been found to amplify the carcinogenic properties of chemical and radiological exposure. [Scorched Earth]
MICROWAVING WOMBS AT GREENHAM COMMON
While the mobile microwave weapons currently deployed in Iraq may or may not lead to lasting harm, rooftop “poppers” and “domes” left to radiate for days at a time are irradiating unsuspecting families already coping with illness, wounds, hunger and the stress of losing homes and loved ones, whose rotting corpses cannot be buried under the sights of marine snipers.
A preview of what lies in store for long-suffering families in Iraq can be gleaned from Greenham Common, where the British Army reportedly used an electromagnetic weapon against 30,000 women who had camped for nearly two decades around that UK military base to protest the deployment of nuclear-tipped US cruise missiles.
One day in the summer of 1984, more than 2,000 British troops suddenly pulled back, leaving the fence unguarded.
Peace mom Kim Besley recalls that as curious women approached the gate, they “started experiencing odd health effects: swollen tongues, changed heartbeats, immobility, feelings of terror, pains in the upper body.”
Besley found her 30-year-old daughter too ill to stand. Other symptoms typical of electromagnetic exposure included skin burns, severe headaches, drowsiness, post-menopausal menstrual bleeding and menstruation at abnormal times. Besley’s daughter’s cycle changed to 14 days and took a year to return to normal.
Two late-term spontaneous miscarriages, impaired speech, and an apparent circulatory failure prompted the women to begin monitoring for a directed-energy beam, Using an EMR meter, they measured beams sweeping their camp at 100-times normal background levels. [Scorched Earth by William Thomas]
Another harrowing example involves the sudden illness and cancer deaths of US embassy staff in Moscow after being deliberately targeted with very weak pulsed microwaves by Soviet experimenters and fascinated CIA onlookers running “Project Phoenix” in 1962. [Scorched Earth]
Very Low Frequency (VLF) weapons include the dozens of “poppers” currently deployed in Iraq, which can be dialed to or “long wave” frequencies capable of traveling great distances through the ground or intervening structures. As air force Lt Col. Peter L. Hays, Director of the Institute for National Security Studies reveals, “Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects; nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential internal organ damage or death may occur.”
Hays calls VLF weapons “superior” because their directed energy beams do not lose their hurtful properties when traveling through air to tissue. A French weapon radiating at 7 hertz “made the people in range sick for hours.”
Located at the lower end of the electromagnetic spectrum, symptoms of VLF sickness include “giddiness, nausea or fainting”.